Because we are insane. You would truly truly have to be to even THINK about any sort of construction after the year we had. But we finally spoke about the unspeakable issue of our backyard, and now I think we are going to have to address it.
Beautiful, gorgeous pool. I hate me too. I know. BUT BUT BUT, it literally takes up our ENTIRE back yard. there is about 3 feet of grass around it and then you can see at the back yet ANOTHER water feature.
And those pretty curved edges with the planters?
Means there is virtually no sort of safety cover that can protect it.
See…This is taken from my kitchen window. The planters are built into the pool structure and there is no way to remove them without having to do a bunch of repair to the pool. Our usable backyard is now that little stretch of patio. You can also see here the fountain in the back that I speak of at the end of the post…
I live in fear of the pool.
I mean what if somehow the gate gets left open? We have a splash alarm, but still. Gracie is only 17 months old, and we will have to worry about it until she is what, like 12? I don’t know. At least 8, right? And we want to have many more children, and live here forever, so that means for the next, what 12 years we have to live in fear of the pool?
I just wish it weren’t so darn fancy and nice. I wouldn’t feel so000 wasteful. I had no idea we would feel this way when we bought the house. Gracie still wasn’t walking and I figured tons of people have babies and pools- we would figure it out. But I just can’t.
So we called a landscaper to see about filling it in. Have any of you done this? Any advice/perspective? Am I making a rash decision here, or do you understand my parental insanity?
Depending on the cost/process we are thinking about keeping the little stretch of patio we have, just having a big beautiful open lawn for child play and swing sets and forts and general wholesome goodness where the pool was/is.
In my searches for inspiration I kept finding super pretty small little pools.Maybe we could expand the basin of the fountain at the very back into a little splash pool for summer splashy fun since it is 100+ degrees 5 months of the year, a pool isn’t a bad idea. And that way it would be set back and isolated, and we could design it for ultimate safety?Ours is just too big, too hard to safety proof, and too close to the house. If we did what we were thinking it would be much easier to safety proof, more like a permanent baby pool.
But that is neither here nor there. The issue now is whether or not to fill in the pool. And adopt a topiary animal.
You probably know what I am leaning towards.